Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip Replacement Surgery removes a painful hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint.
The procedure should relieve your pain making activities like walking easier.
Hip replacement surgery can be performed traditionally or by using what is considered a minimally-invasive techniques.

Many options need to be considered:
The Hip Replacement Surgery Procedure (traditional or minimally-invasive anterior approach),
The Hip Replacement Implant Options (short-stem, ceramic, cementless, so many options!),
The Hip Replacement Surgeon (what about experience?),
The Cost of Hip Replacement (how much of it will you be paying?),
The Hip Replacement Hospital or Medical Facility (what about infection rates?)
and The Recovery and Rehabilitation Process.

Here we will address all these issues so together we can make an informed decision that works for you!
Then, The Enade Team will provide a Five Star Hip Replacement Experience!
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The Procedure – What is Minimally Invasive (Short Stem) Hip Replacement?

The main difference between traditional hip replacement and minimally-invasive hip replacement is the size of the incision.
Minimally invasive short stem hip replacement has become more and more prominent in recent years.
With Minimally invasive short stem hip replacement you get a minimally invasive implantation technique that protects joints and soft tissue and the implantation of a smaller short stem hip replacement device.
Depending on the patient’s initial condition, the gentle, minimally invasive short stem hip replacement is the option most patients prefer.
The traditional surgical approach to total hip replacement uses a single, long incision to view and access the hip joint.
A variation of this approach is a minimally invasive procedure in which one or two shorter incisions are used.
The goal of using shorter incisions is to reduce pain and speed recovery.

During any hip replacement surgery, the damaged bone is cut and removed, along with some soft tissues. In minimally invasive surgery, a smaller surgical incision is used and fewer muscles around the hip are cut or detached. Despite this difference, however, both traditional hip replacement surgery and minimally invasive surgery are technically demanding and have better outcomes if the surgeon and operating team have considerable experience.

Traditional Hip Replacement Procedure

To perform a traditional hip replacement a 10- to 12-inch incision is made on the side of the hip. The muscles are split or detached from the hip, allowing the hip to be dislocated and fully viewed by the surgical team. The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur, then a metal or ceramic ball is placed on the upper part of the stem. This ball replaces the damaged femoral head that was removed. The damaged cartilage surface of the socket (acetabulum) is removed and replaced with a metal socket. Screws or cement are sometimes used to hold the socket in place. A plastic, ceramic or metal spacer is inserted between the new ball and the socket to allow for a smooth gliding surface.

Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement Procedure

In minimally invasive total hip replacement, the surgical procedure is similar, but there is less cutting of the tissue surrounding the hip. The artificial implants used may be the same as those used for traditional hip replacement. Minimally invasive total hip replacement can be performed with either one or two small incisions. Smaller incisions allow for less tissue disturbance.
The hospital stay after minimally invasive surgery can be shorter in length than the stay after traditional hip replacement surgery ranging from 1 to 4 days.
Physical rehabilitation is a critical component of your recovery.
Your surgeon or a physical therapist will work with you and provide you with specific exercises to help increase your range of motion and to restore your strength.

Minimally Invasive Anterior Hip Replacement

Anterior approach hip replacement is performed using smaller incisions and allows for separating rather than cutting and then reattaching muscles.
Due to the different nature of this approach there is less post hip replacement dislocation risk than with the posterior hip replacement approach.

The anterior approach to total hip replacement (sometimes called the “mini-anterior approach” or “muscle-sparing hip replacement”) has emerged recently as a viable alternative to the more popular posterior approach. Although it has been in use to some degree since the 1980s, new instrumentation allowing it to be performed using smaller incisions has made it increasingly sought after.

This procedure involves the surgeon making a four-inch incision through the front of the leg, rather than the back (the entry point for the more conventional posterior hip replacement surgery). Frontal entry makes it possible to reach the joint by separating rather than cutting and then reattaching muscles. The anterior hip replacement may also result in a swifter recovery and shorter hospital stay for patients, perhaps due to less muscular damage. Leg length and implant position are also able to be measured with the anterior approach.

Is Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement for Me?

Minimally invasive total hip replacement is not suitable for all patients.
Your doctor will conduct a comprehensive evaluation and consider several factors before determining if the procedure is an option for you.
In general most are candidates for minimal incision procedures and patients prefer Minimally invasive total hip replacement over traditional hip replacement surgery.
The benefits of minimally invasive hip replacement have been reported to include less damage to soft tissues, leading to a quicker, less painful recovery and more rapid return to normal activities.
Like traditional hip replacement surgery, minimally invasive surgery should be performed by a well-trained, highly experienced orthopedic surgeon.
Minimally invasive techniques are less suitable for patients who have already undergone other hip surgeries.
In addition, patients who have a significant deformity of the hip joint and those with health problems that may slow wound healing may be at a higher risk and may not be offered minimally invasive total hip replacement.
Your orthopedic surgeon can talk to you about his or her experience with minimally invasive hip replacement surgery, and the possible risks and benefits of the techniques for your individual treatment.

Computer Assisted Hip Replacement

Computer Assisted Surgery techniques combine advanced computer technology with a surgeon’s skills to help improve the outcomes of knee and hip replacement surgery.
The system provides precise positional guidance when removing damaged surfaces of bones, based on a patient’s anatomy, and suggests the appropriate implant size to be used and helps to determine its correct positioning.

Why is the surgeon experience so important with Minimally invasive hip replacement techniques?

Minimally invasive surgery should be performed by a well-trained, highly experienced orthopedic surgeon.
Implant selection and placement is critical to long term success and this is a very specialized procedure.

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The Hip Replacement Implant

Short Stem vs Standard Hip Replacement

In general, short stem hip replacement implants are designed to require less removal of bone.Hip Replacement Surgery
This serves a dual purpose of preserving the bone for future revision surgery while providing a postoperative state closely mimicking the originally functioning hip joint.
Preserving the bone will certainly be important for “younger more active patients” who may need further surgeries.
Specifically, preservation of femoral neck and a properly designed short stem implant allow for correct stress distribution and avoid complications.
The short stem hip replacement implant allows for the normal physiologic state of load transfer throughout the hip joint.
Several Un-cemented or cementless short stem hip replacement options have been designed.

What about the ball and socket materials and technology?

Ceramic hip implants are among the newer types of prostheses being used for hip replacement, offering greater resistant to damage and smooth movement of the joint.
Ceramic hip replacement devices appear to cause far less inflammation and few, if any, pseudotumors.
This appears true whether the device is all-ceramic, ceramic-and-metal, or ceramic-and-plastic.
Many surgeons today consider them to be an improvement over traditional metal-and-plastic implants in which the deterioration of plastic can lead to the gradual buildup of debris around the joint.
There are many types of total hip replacement available and many bearing material options as well as press fit options.

Bearing Material options available with different bearing surfaces. These are:

  • Metal-on-Polyethylene: The ball is made of metal and the socket is made of plastic (polyethylene) or has a plastic lining.
  • Ceramic-on-Polyethylene: The ball is made of ceramic and the socket is made of plastic (polyethylene) or has a plastic lining.
  • Metal-on-Metal: The ball and socket are both made of metal.
  • Ceramic-on-Ceramic: The ball is made of ceramic and the socket has a ceramic lining.
  • Ceramic-on-Metal: The ball is made of ceramic and the socket has a metal lining

Pressfit Hip Replacement designs direct forces to the rim of the cup which minimizes the potential for miss-alignment when seated in the socket.

An orthopaedic surgeon should determine which hip implant will offer the most benefit and least risk for each patient.
When making a recommendation, orthopaedic surgeons should consider several factors such as the patient’s age, weight, height, activity level, and cause of hip pain.
Hip surgery may involve total hip replacement or it may involve hip resurfacing.

Porous Metal Technology

The goal to build a structure that directly mimics the architecture of human bone. This process facilitates tissue in-growth and implant stability.

Modular Neck Hip Replacement

Restoring leg length, joint stability, and range of motion involve distinct surgical challenges.
The Modular Neck Hip Replacement introduces a system of modular stem and neck components designed to help the surgeon restore the hip joint center by addressing leg length, offset, and version independently.
The resulting array of neck options efficiently targets a broad range of male and female patient anatomies.

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What about Hip Joint Resurfacing?

During hip resurfacing surgery, the femoral head is not removed. Instead the femoral head is trimmed and capped with a metal covering. Any damaged bone and cartilage within the socket are removed and replaced with a metal shell. In hip resurfacing surgery, both components are made of metal.
Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery method requires a completely matching system of operating table with leg holder, instruments and the very best implants. During the operation, the anterior musculature beneath the small skin incision is merely displaced, but not severed. This considerably reduces the risk of damaging muscles, tendons, vessels or nerves. The special leg holder ensures that, despite the relatively small “field of vision” for the surgeon, the joint to be operated on can be optimally presented allowing good access to all areas. This protection of the soft tissues significantly reduces the danger of bleeding or inflammation. In addition, the abductors, the muscle group at the side, which is important for stabilizing the pelvis, is not affected. This means that muscle function can be achieved quickly after the operation which greatly increases recovery. Normally, an immediate full weight bearing of the new joint is already possible on the day of the operation.
The risks of a dislocation of the joint because of separated muscles or tendons are practically eliminated. And the frequently observed phenomenon of a bad gait or of a limp is also avoided. Other so-called minimally invasive entries (e.g. a rear, side, or combined entry) may also be characterized by relatively small skin incisions. However, in these interventions, muscles or tendons can often be impaired just as badly as with conventional methods. Only the externally visible scars are smaller, and the internal healing requires just as much time and rest as with conventional methods. Overall, the use of the Anterior Minimally Invasive Surgery method allows the re-establishment of the joint function to be accelerated significantly. All known risks of a hip prosthesis operation are reduced considerably. Normally, this makes it possible to take up all professional activities more quickly again to their full extent and also to participate in sport.

The Hip Replacement Surgeon

Dr. Stephan Tohtz is a specialist in modern hip replacement techniques and other corrective surgeries.
With over 20 years of surgical experience in trauma and orthopedic surgery he now holds the title of Chief Physician for Orthopedics and Trauma at HELIOS Hospital, Berlin.
His extensive experience with a full range of globally available hip replacement technologies makes him an excellent choice for your hip replacement surgery.

Why is the surgeon experience so important with Minimally invasive hip replacement techniques?

Minimally invasive surgery should be performed by a well-trained, highly experienced orthopedic surgeon.
Implant selection and placement is critical to long term success and this is a very specialized procedure.

The Hip Replacement Hospital

What about the facility?

While many hospitals will do a Hip Replacement Surgery the facility you choose is important.
Whenever you implant something into your body infection becomes a great concern.
One of the things we enjoy in Germany is a low overall rate of MRSA infection compared to much of the world.
In fact, Germany’s MRSA rate is about 2/5ths of the the US’s rate.
Then consider that we operate in a private, Orthopedic hospital.
This means no Emergency Room patients bringing in infections.
As a result, our MRSA rate in the hospital is essentially zero. Yes Zero!!

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